-If you are not sure of someone’s identity, do NOT open
your door and immediately call 911.
-Tell your neighbors and friends of these scams and make them
aware of the above advise on NOT opening your door.
-Check this website for any future developments; this latest
incident was at a home which was previously targeted last December,
which means that previous locations and areas hit may be more
- The time of the month may be important; such as the beginning
of the month when social security, pension, etc. checks are
distributed and cashed. Watch out when leaving banks, credit
unions, etc. for anything suspicious. Drive to a well lit area
or store where someone can call police if necessary!
The latest scam incident in Hammond:
There have been five incidents in Hammond since March 3, 2008
involving possible confidence scams. The Hammond Police Department
have at least 25 actual or attempted scams reported since December
5, 2007. Any new updates will be posted on www.hammondpolice.com.
On March 14 a white male adult with gray hair and full beard
knocked on a residence door in the 4100 Block of Sheffield Avenue
and said he was with NIPSCO. The subject said he needed to check
the furnace inside the home. The homeowner did not let the subject
in and called NIPSCO. NIPSCO told him there was no NIPSCO workers
in that area. The homeowner went outside and saw the subject
leave in a late 1990’s Ford work van white in color with
a ladder rack on top. The van was described as having some type
of NIPSCO sticker on it with the letters ESP below it.
On March 19 an 82 year old resident in the 4300 Block of Henry
Street said two male white persons came to her door and said
they were with the Water Department. One of the subjects said
he was going to turn off the water in the alley for the whole
block. One of the subjects at the door said if the resident
would let him into her house that he would give her a $20 rebate
for turning off her water. The homeowner allowed the person
into her home and they went into the kitchen. Another subject
then entered the home and said something to the first person
entering. The two then ran out of the house and drove away in
a vehicle described as a newer black vehicle with possible Illinois
license plates. Both persons were described as wearing CARHARDT
type work jackets. No items were reported taken.
Also on March 19th a resident in the 1800 Block of 169th Street
reported that a white male and a black male came to her door.
The resident opened it and both subjects forced their way in.
While inside, the subjects went through dresser drawers in her
bedroom. The subjects then left the home and the homeowner locked
the doors. The subjects left in a vehicle described as four
door white in color newer model. No items were reported taken.
On March 24 an 85 year old resident in the 1700 Block of 171st
Place reported that a heavy build Hispanic male came to her
door, said he was with the Water Department, and needed to check
her water. The homeowner let him in and he said he wanted a
drink of water. While in the kitchen, the subject said he needed
to receive $70.00. While this was occurring, a second subject
described as Hispanic came into the home and the homeowner asked
what he wanted. Both subjects then fled the home and left in
a vehicle described as a four door big silver car. No items
were reported taken.
On March 26, 2008 an 89 year old resident in the 1600 Block
of Parkview Avenue in the Robertsdale section of Hammond reported
that she had left her front door open because her doctor was
on his way to see her. Two men described as Hispanic first knocked
on the door and then entered the home. One of the subjects said
that they were there to do work on her sidewalk.
The same subject then pushed her in her wheelchair towards a
window and started talking about the kind of work they were
going to perform. Another subject then went into the resident’s
bedroom and took a small safe and an envelope with U.S. currency
inside of it. The subjects then left the home and it is unknown
if a vehicle was used in the getaway.
On March 3, 2008 at about 11:50
AM a 77 year old female resident in the 1300 Block of Lake Avenue
was the latest victim of a scam artist. A man described as Hispanic
wearing an orange work vest and helmet came to the front door
and announced he was a utility worker. Upon the resident refusing
him entry into the home, the man pushed his way in and took
the resident’s purse. The man fled the home and entered
a grey colored van where another passenger was waiting. The
two then left the area towards Calumet Avenue from Railroad
Press Release from the Hammond
Police Department February 20, 2008
A recent string of attempted and actual residential entries
and thefts have occurred in the City of Hammond since December
5th, 2007. The latest incident occurred February 18, 2008 at
about 12:05 PM in which a man described as Hispanic looking,
black hair, brown eyes, 5’11” tall, medium to heavy
build, went to a home in the 4400 Block of Pine Street and asked
about a vehicle which was for sale parked on the street. The
man then left the area in a silver colored newer station wagon
type vehicle. The description of this man matches several other
recent cases in which men posing as utility workers gain entry
to someone’s residence by giving a reason to work on the
home and then other persons enter and take money, etc. from
(in several cases) the bedroom area. Residents are asked to
call police immediately either by 911 or a non-emergency number
any time a suspicious person knocks on their door. Most persons
targeted by the suspects are senior citizens. Please check on
your elderly neighbors frequently and inform those persons who
may not know of these incidents to be on guard for such cases.
Several thousand dollars have been taken so far from unsuspecting
Anyone with information about
these cases is asked to call Detective Michael Daniels at 219-852-2961
or Detective Steve Guernsey at 219-852-2978.